My poor Hudson recently sprained his foot! He’s unfortunately hobbling around on one foot and crawling to get from point A to B. He was trying to balance on his play construction helmet and fell since it’s not exactly the most stable surface to balance on (sigh….boys)! Thankfully after x-rays we discovered there was no break but since he can’t walk on it, I was trying to think of activities we could do where he wouldn’t have to walk (unlike the usual play places and museums). I instantly thought of a perfect place to take the boys in this situation – Parc Omega! It’s perfect for many reasons, but with Hudson’s little injury, the car tour was just the right activity to do so he could have fun from the comfort of the car, while resting his foot.
Located in Montebello, Quebec, just one hour by car from downtown Ottawa, Parc Omega has a 15-km marked path for cars which takes approximately 90 minutes to complete where you get up close and personal with so many interesting animals.
There are carrots to purchase in the gift shop but you’re welcome to bring your own to feed the animals along the route. Half the fun started when we arrived and took them out of their car seats to sit in the front with me, which they thought was the coolest. The selection of animals to see was what really made them laugh. So many deer, elk, moose, boars and so many more to feed. The animals are accustomed to people and come right up to the window so be prepared for a lot of slobber and a car wash shortly after! Jax gained the courage to feed them himself this time now that he’s 4. He was 2 the last time we went with my mom and Hudson was fast asleep in his car seat. This time Hudson wasn’t quite ready as he was scared but giggled every single time his brother or I fed one of the animals.
There are many other animals to see and many that can’t be fed. It’s a completely open space for the animals to roam but areas like the wolves and bears have fences to contain them and lots of space to roam free. There are coyotes, red foxes, wild turkeys, bison, birds of woodlands, bald headed eagles and so much more. We saw the most adorable little baby white arctic foxes and baby boars that were too cute for words.
They equip you with a map and it’s easy to get through the car trail, you can’t get lost. They also offer cart rentals if you prefer to be in a caged-in golf cart, those are only available for part of the year. Did I mention they are open all year long, 365 days – incredible!
While the car tour is the most popular attraction, they do have other activities and things to do. In the four times we have been, we have only done the car tour but we are going to head back this summer to take in the other activities including wolf presentations, walk through the first nations, visit to the Old Farm and a tractor ride! Oh, and they also offer lodging so you can rent a tent or chalet to sleep along with the bears and wolves!
We ended our day back at the gift shop and café where we enjoyed a snack on their terrace with the most stunning view of the lake. We can’t wait to go back again, next time with hubby in tow. And we’ll be sure to explore it all!
Have you heard of this awesome little gem? It’s not just for families as I’ve seen many couples without kiddos when we’ve visited! Looking forward to hearing from you!